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El Paso County to oppose border wall near downtown

El Paso County leaders could sign a document Monday morning to officially oppose construction of the border wall in downtown El Paso.

El Paso County leaders could sign a document Monday morning to officially oppose construction of the border wall near downtown El Paso.

The resolution is against the border wall will be built in the South El Paso Chihuahita neighborhood calling it “a symbol of hate to our friends, allies, trading partners, and families in Mexico.”

The letter also says construction “needlessly causes further separation of our bi-national community and puts the lives and well-being of migrants and border residents alike at risk.”

Last week, U.S. Border Patrol announced that part of President Donald Trump’s border wall will be built in the downtown El Paso neighborhood.

Border Patrol called the neighborhood a “hot spot” for illegal family crossings.

There is an existing fence in the area, and construction to replace it with a wall was set to begin last Saturday.

The letter says construction disturbs sacred ground where the border has traditionally been celebrated, but if the countysigns off on the resolution, they officially declare opposition.

Signatures would denote that the El Paso County Judge, Commissioners Court and community “call on the federal government to adopt policies that advance hugs—through the reunification of immigrant families, the decriminalization of migration, the demilitarization of our border, and the facilitation of trade, commerce, and exchange—instead of walls.”

The letter has lines for all four county commissioners and El Paso County Judge Ruben Vogt.

They’re expected to consider it at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

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